MATHCOUNTS Competition Series
The lesson I got from MATHCOUNTS is one that I have cherished more than any math lecture I've ever received: The best part of doing math is doing it with others.-Brian, competition alumnus
Sprint Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have 40 minutes to complete 30 math problems without a calculator.
Target Round: focuses on problem-solving and mathematical reasoning. Students receive 4 pairs of problems and have 6 minutes to complete each pair, assuming the use of a calculator.
Team Round: focuses on problem-solving and collaboration. Students have 20 minutes to complete 10 math problems, assuming the use of a calculator. Only the 4 students on a school's team can take this round officially.
Countdown Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have a maximum of 45 seconds per problem without a calculator. This round is optional at the school, chapter and state level.
Schools register in the fall and coaches work with students throughout the year. Educators who register their school for this program receive what we call a School Competition Kit, which includes the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook (the primary preparation resource for the program), as well as awards for students. They also receive online access to numerous math resources. Any number of students from a school can participate in team meetings.